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    #1

    The hot food burnt

    Now I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. Would someone take a look at it and correct it or improve it, if my construction is bad?

    The hot food burnt his mouth and intestines, and he wanted to pause for a second or two, but the burly guards brandishing their clubs and thick cables reminded him of what would happen if he did not hurry up.

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    Re: The hot food burnt

    By the time food reaches one's intestines, it's no longer hot enough to burn them.

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    Re: The hot food burnt

    Would it be possible to add "hurt", and write like this:

    The hot food burnt his mouth and hurt his intestines...

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    Re: The hot food burnt

    How would it hurt his intestines? The food would no longer be hot at that point. It would have had to move down the esophagus and then move into and out of the stomach. The stomach would have mixed the food with water, acid, and enzymes and mechanically churned the food.

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    Re: The hot food burnt

    Now I understand that I have misunderstood the meaning of the word, intestines. I have believed that the word intestines means also stomach.

    Maybe I should write: The hot food burnt his mouth and hurt his stomach.

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    Re: The hot food burnt

    Esophagus would be more likely. You could use burnt with that organ.

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    Re: The hot food burnt

    Mike.
    You see what can happen when you don't understand the full meaning of a word. Sometimes the consequences can be serious. I have seen the word "intestines" hundreds of times in different texts. and in my ignorance I believed it comprises guts as well as a stomach.

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    Re: The hot food burnt

    As you can see from THIS picture, the intestines are reached after the stomach.

    The food might have burnt his mouth and his throat, or his oesophagus, as MikeNewYork said.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-Aug-2015 at 23:26.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The hot food burnt

    Well, the point is to learn something every day. This is one for today. "Stomach" is sometimes used to refer to abdomen; the abdomen contains all the organs below the diaphragm.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 30-Aug-2015 at 23:42.

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    Re: The hot food burnt

    The hot food would only burn his oesophagus (BrE spelling) if he swallowed the food without chewing it, which is a voluntary action.
    I am not a teacher.

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